Date: 7th August 2017 at 2:12pm
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OPINION

Most fans are extremely excited to see how striker Alexandre Lacazette fairs in the Premier League following his summer arrival, but it is the club’s other transfer signing who lit up the Community Shield.

The Gunners completed a win on penalties over Chelsea in the Community Shield final and supporters got a first competitive look at their two summer signings.

Frenchman Lacazette is expected to be a prolific goalscorer at the Emirates Stadium and showed glimpses of his quality with a curling effort striking the post against Chelsea.

However, defender Kolasinac delivered a stunning display and has the potential to become a firm fan favourite.

The 24-year-old started on the bench for Arsene Wenger’s side, but was introduced to the action in the first-half following an injury to Per Mertesacker.

He scored a brilliant towering header to send the game to penalties and the physically imposing defender looks ready to take the Premier League by storm.

Arsenal picked up the Bosnia international on a free transfer this summer following his departure from Schalke and he could turn out to be an inspired piece of business.

Kolasinac has been bought in to play in the left wing-back role, but can also be used at centre-back and showed his versatility against Chelsea.

His eye catching performance against the Blues was highlighted by a driving run that saw him skip past several opponents with ease and he looks a well balanced footballer.

Arsenal have been accused of being too soft in recent years and that has coincided with their 13-year gap without a Premier League title.

However, in Kolasinac they have picked up a powerhouse that will be a real driving force for Arsenal and make a big impact in England.

Kolasinac showed his qualities last season for German club Schalke, scoring three goals and supplying nine assists in return.

He can have a similar role to play for England and it will be very exciting for Arsenal fans to see how he develops in the coming weeks.